The Strategist

Anti-Clinton: Republicans Are Getting a New Leader

09/25/2015 - 16:00

Yet another sensation is blowing out within the US presidential campaign. Carly Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard, considered the outsider of the race, won the second place in the ranking of applicants for the Republican nomination. The rise of its popularity comes amid falling of the Republican list ranking leader, Donald Trump. America is buzzing, agitated about the elections that can become a duel of two women - Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina - for the first time in history.

Gage Skidmore
Gage Skidmore
New Carly Fiorina’s loud statement was made on Monday in an interview with the broadcaster NBC. Answering the host’s question, she expressed confidence that the US president could well become a Muslim. Thus, Ms. Fiorina added fuel to the fire of the Washington debate caused by the statement of another Republican challenger Ben Carson that "Islam is contrary to the values and principles of America."  

While Ben Carson found himself at the center of the scandal and lost the second position in the national ranking of the elections next year, Carly Fiorina has shown up in the role of the Republican camp’s new rising star. The latest CNN/ORC poll, unveiled last week, shows another row in the Republican race. After winning two debates, the Republican challenger Carly Fiorina made a breakthrough in two weeks, raising her rating from 3% to 15%.  

According to the same CNN/ORC poll, the leader of the Republican race, billionaire Donald Trump, who is now supported by 24% of Republicans, lost 8% in September. Mr. Trump’s downgrade, which began in recent weeks, can be explained by his extremely unsuccessful performance at debates and the emergence of the painful competitor in the face of Carly Fiorina.

Carly Fiorina came to big politics from big business, having worked as top manager of Hewlett-Packard and other companies. This allows her to play on Trump’s field. With exceptional oratorical skills and appealing to her management experience, during the last debate, Ms. Fiorina disavowed the thesis of Donald Trump that he allegedly is an example of a successful businessman. Terming his methods of doing business failures, Carly Fiorina was first to plunge Trump into confusion. In addition, she skillfully used his disparaging remarks in her address, presenting Trump also a misogynist.

Given that the rating of Donald Trump for the first time in recent months has gone down, and Carly Fiorina’s popularity growing rapidly, Washington do not exclude that there may be a change of Republican leader in the near future. In this regard, observers do not rule out that the main struggle for the presidency of the USA will be led by two women - Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina.   

The lack of female politicians, who can fight for the top government posts, has traditionally been the weak point of the US Republican Party. In the last decade, the most prominent figure was the governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, claimed the seat of US Vice President during the 2008 presidential campaign. However, Sarah Palin’s star rolled to date, in connection with which the Republicans began to experience an even greater need for a worthy opponent to Hillary Clinton.

Carly Fiorina is the main claimant for this role, positioning herelf not just as a woman applying for the presidency, but also as "anti-Hillary." By joining the election race in April, the first she proclaimed was that "Hillary Clinton shall not be the United States President."

In public statements, Fiorina focused on criticizing Clinton’s views and even her delivery. Thus, she makes it clear that if America wants a woman president, then the country should look for her in the national, not the democratic camp. Having killed her breast cancer in 2009, Carly Fiorina is now determined to prove she can have a major victory in the big politics, too.